Susan Koppenhaver, Director
1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
It is the mission of the Ulster County Office for the Aging to assist Ulster County seniors to be as independent as possible, for as long as possible. This is accomplished through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families. We accomplish this in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.
To view the Ulster County Senior-Friendly Community Action Plan please click here.
COVID-19 Archived webinar - Why COVID-19 is especially dangerous to older adults: https://www.giaging.org/news-events/tester/archived-webinar/why-covid-19-preys-on-older-adults-what-the-science-says-and-doesnt-say/
A Message from Director Susan Koppenhaver
We appreciate your understanding and patience during this very difficult time for our County. We understand that many citizens are frustrated by cancellations and inconveniences, but we are trying to limit the exposure to all staff, seniors, and their families. The sooner the virus is contained, and people are properly tested, the sooner people can recover, and we can get back to our lives. Due to this situation July's activities will probably be subject to postponement or cancellation. Please stay well, everyone. Susan Koppenhaver, Director, Ulster County OFA.
To all the Ulster Seniors:
Depending on when the Office for Aging gets the approval to start reopening from the County Executive, there may be opportunities for clients to visit the Medicare and Legal help in the office in the not too distant future. If you have already have virtual or phone appointments with legal and Medicare, please keep them. We will be notifying the public about reopening plans soon through the website, the newsletter, emails blasts, newspaper notifications, and you are always welcome to call the office at 340-3456 to find out more. As of now, no live presentations, learning opportunities or special events such as Lunch and Learns or movies can be scheduled until the complete reopening plan and dates are in place, and the State Executive Order regarding Matilda’s Law has been lifted. We have, however, planned online activities, and will continue to do so (Tai Chi, basic and continuing, and planning some nutritional presentations through Zoom).
You have all been so patient with this, and we commend you for that. Our staff is anxious to see you, and I am sure you are anxious to see each other, but it needs to be done safely. We have put together what I believe is a workable plan for opening up the office, but the OFA is in Phase 3 of the County plan; in other words, the end of the plan, so we will be the last department to open. We will put safeguards in place, use social distancing, have masks available for those who do not have them, and have a strict disinfection regimen for any public spaces we both use, and we will design a safe, open, large space for any other senior walk ins who desire information or referral services.
The Farmer’s Market coupons are going to be available in July – we have yet to announce a way to get them to interested parties during this time – more to come on that.
We hope you have all been safe and health during the worst of the pandemic, and we are all cautiously starting to breathe sighs of relief that the light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter!
We hope to see you all soon!
The Ulster County Office for the Aging offices remain open 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday (July 3rd). We are able to accept visitors only under strict limitations. Call before visiting 845-340-3456 – many issues can be resolved without having to leave the safety of your home. We are NOT OPEN for REGULAR BUSINESS YET. PLEASE DO NOT STOP BY AND EXPECT TO SEE STAFF, YOU MUST CALL FIRST. When we reopen, staff and visitors will be required to use masks and barriers and meet in a more open space (Senior Hub). Thank you.
Please know that the Office for the Aging is taking every precaution to keep the public safe as well as our own staff. When we do reopen, all staff and visitors will be screened before entering the building and will have their temperature taken. All staff and visitors will be required to wear masks and use appropriate social distancing measures. In addition, OFA public meeting areas will be outfitted with shield barriers. We strongly encourage anyone wanting to come to our office to call and make an appointment as it is important to limit walk-ins for safety concerns. We will also be meeting with people in the Senior Hub where we will strategically space out areas. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office at 845-340-3456. Thank you.
Recovery Service Center 845-443-8888 RSC[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan has established the Recovery Service Center in the wake of COVID-19. The Recovery Service Center will assist the public on a wide range of topics including: helping direct callers to county and community resources and will allow callers to submit general inquiries and complaints. The hotline will be able to assist callers with programs and services related to: food, housing, mental health support, employment, business, as well as continuing COVID-19 assistance. The RSC hotline will be available Monday - Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
The Gen to Gen program matches Ulster County seniors and high school students for a mutual learning experience, where the senior gets to learn (from HS mentors) interviewing skills, some tech skills, while they ask a comprehensive set of questions of the seniors who agree to be interviewed, and perhaps create a montage of video and audio information about that senior and the richness of their lives. It has been a project wish of Pat Ryan since he started. We are currently working on the project now in conjunction with Ulster Corps and local HS guidance counselors and students in different areas. If you wish to be interviewed, and want to take part, please call the office at 845-340-3456.
Service Conversation & Celebration: Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.
Hear about the progress of the project from some of the students, seniors and volunteer mentors. Link to zoom session: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2091024550
For many seniors seeking a way to get low-impact exercise that improves health and requires no special equipment, Tai Chi is an excellent solution. Many seniors throughout Ulster County are enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi. Research is showing that an extremely effective way for older adults to improve balance, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls. Attending group Tai Chi classes is a great way to socialize with others. Watch local Tai Chi instructor Celeste Graves lead a class.